Laryngotracheal reconstruction (LTR) can be a life-saving procedure for children with subglottic stenosis. Nevertheless, as many as 20% of patients experience some complications, such as scarring, infection, restenosis, or fistulization.1 Rarer complications, such as anastomotic separation and laryngeal edema, can be deadly.1 In such circumstances, when the medical decisions that parents make for their children have important consequences, parents must understand the information that they read to make the most informed decisions. In 2014, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality developed a validated instrument called the Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) that determines the understandability and actionability of written health information.2 We evaluated LTR-related patient educational materials by using the PEMAT.
Wong K, Keefe KR, Gilad A, Chong-Sun Li CJ, Levi JR. Parental Actionability of Educational Materials Regarding Laryngotracheal Reconstruction. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. Published online July 06, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2017.0942